International High School News

Messages of Hope
Posted 11/22/2016 12:26PM

In late October, Visual Arts teacher Eva Strohmeier began a project with her 10th graders designed to deconstruct the notion of walls, borders, and boundaries. The class looked at wall art from around the world and discussed current events such as the ongoing refugee crisis and Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. “It’s such a timely conversation. We talked about physical boundaries and then discussed the meaning of walls and borders more metaphorically,” said Eva. “Students are deconstructing the notion of walls, borders, and boundaries visually by working over brick patterned wallpaper.” 

After the presidential election, Eva opened up the project to all of her classes. They read the joint statement from the California Legislature and Dr. Martin Luther King’s last address to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1967. Students were moved and encouraged to express their feelings about the election or depict a personal value they feel is important to uphold in the coming years. Their messages are ones of love, inclusion, and compassion—for ourselves, one another, and the environment. “The wall projects are especially important during these post-election times. They illustrate our values and the messages we want to express—messages of love and acceptance. Through this project, our school's hopes and values are conveyed, proving that we stay strong even through what may seem like divisive times,” shared Maya T., Grade 10.

Here are some of the students’ responses to the election, hung throughout the hallways of International High School. View all photos >>


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